Guardian smears UKIP as "extreme right"

There are lies, damned lies and then there are Guardian reports on UKIP. As low-level smears go, this one takes the biscuit

by Westminster shrink on 28 May 2014 04:50

They just don't get it, and they just can't stop. Another disgusting smear from the Guardian against UKIP. Enter Ian Traynor, the paper's not exactly bright European Editor who is obviously so embittered by the democratic mandate offered to UKIP that he slipped in the following smears in the course of his report last night on David Cameron trying to stop Luxembourg's Jean Claude-Juncker getting the job of new president of the European Commission.

"Cameron and the French president, François Hollande, led their parties to historic defeats at the hands of the extreme right in Britain and France and appeared to be in a weak position at the summit following the disastrous outcome." (My italics)

No Ian. That's not true, and you know it. UKIP are not of the "extreme right", the fact that you think the outcome of the European election is "disastrous" is a comment you are entitled to make in an op-ed, not a news report (assuming you have any journalistic integrity), and lumping UKIP together with the French Front National (FN) is flat out dishonest since you of course know that Nigel Farage has said he'll have nothing to do with the FN,

Not content with one pack of lies, Traynor repeats the point once more:

"While neo-fascists from Greece, Hungary and Germany won seats in the Strasbourg parliament, the far right also scored dramatic victories in Britain and Denmark and did well in Austria."

On one level, UKIP can afford to let this go: smears backfired during the campaign and may have increased UKIP's vote. But on another, you can't just let people smear you like this and fail to hit back. UKIP should ban Traynor from its press conferences until he apologises.

In the meantime, I've got a message for him: get back in your time machine, and go and live in Brezhnev's Soviet Union. You'll easily get a job at Pravda, where your journalistic standards and theirs will match perfectly. Pathetic.

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